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2008 Von Hovel, Riesling Spatlese, Scharzhofberg, Mosel

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Cellar, Image from von Hovel

The first wine I drank from Weingut von Hovel is the 2007 Riesling Spatlese, Oberemmeler Hutte.  While the estate is particularly known for their wines from Oberemmeler Hutte they also have a 7.5 hectare holding in Scharzhofberg.  Earlier this month the 2010 Egon Muller, Scharzhofberger, Riesling Kabinett was my wine of the night at the 2010 Vintage Tasting of the German Wine Society. The Scharzhofberg vineyard lies west of the Hutte vineyard located between the town of Oberemmel and Wiltingen.  It is a 27 hectare vineyard with an east-west orientation.  The pure soils are of well-drained slate and experience cool temperatures with large temperature swings.

This is a wine for a sunny spring day with its bright nature and lemon-honey flavors.  With the sunny, warm weather in the Washington, DC area the timing is fortuitous.  It may be drunk alone or with delicate foods. I personally would drink this now or over the short-term for the acidity softens a bit in the finish so the wine may show best over the next five years.  The wine is currently available at MacArthur Beverages who provided the sample.

2008 Weingut von Hovel, Riesling Spatlese, Scharzhofberg, Mosel- $20
Imported by Rudi Wiest Selections.  The color is a very light yellow with a hint of green.  The light nose is of yellow fruit, herbs, and a touch of sweetness  The flavors of yellow fruit have a citrus start with ripe fruit that dances on the tongue before settling down.  There are smooth lemon-honey fruit flavors with a low-lying honey notes in the middle.  The generally citric acidity morphs into a gentle lemony aftertaste.  With air notes of stone develop on the nose and in the mouth.  This bright, clean wine starts with a touch of residual sugar sweetness but in general tastes rather dry.  *** Now-2017.

2007 Weingut von Hovel, Riesling Spatlese, Oberemmeler Hutte

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Oberemmeler Hutte, Image from Weingut von Hovel

Eberhard von Kunow is proprietor of this centuries old family estate whose wines are richly reviewed on the web.  I purchased a few bottles at a close out price based on the recommendation of Phil.  I did not get to taste the first bottle I opened as it was quickly drunk at our International Gold Cup party.  I recently opened another bottle which I was able to slowly enjoy over three nights.  This selection is produce from fruit sourced from the Oberemmeler Hutte vineyard which is solely owned by Weingut von Hovel.  This 5 hectare vineyard has soils of fine, weathered, blue slate.

Vineyard Map, Image from Weingut von Hovel

This selection from Weingut von Hovel is imported by Rudi Wiest and is available at MacArthurs for $18.  This is certainly worth purchasing both for immediate satisfaction or cellaring.  I continue to get great enjoyment from the wines of Mosel Saar Ruwer.

2007 Weingut von Hovel, Riesling, Spatlese, Oberemmeler Hutte, Mosel Saar Ruwer
This wine is 100% Riesling which was fermented and aged in German oak barrels.  There is a rich straw color which is almost golden.  There are hints of sweet orange flavors with a gentle slate undertone and subtle acidity.  The initial, delicate spritz eventually resides.  The initial fruit is precise before the acidity comes into play bringing with it earthy flavors and stones.  This enjoyable wine is very well balanced. ***(*) Now-2022.

Drinks at the International Gold Cup

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Our 7th annual party at the International Gold Cup took place in great weather.  It was sunny with a high temperature of 68F.  For the Upstairs table there was a selection of wines to drink.  The Botex Bugey-Cerdon disappeared in the blink of an eye.  The 2007 Couroulou, Vielles Vignes, Vacqueyras was a big favorite along with the 2007 Laurus, Chateauneuf du Pape.  While the magnum of 1998 Palestor, Chateauneuf du Pape was corked the 1999 Gourt de Mautens, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rasteau opened up nicely and was a big favorite.  The 2007 Santa Duc, Les Aubes, Vacqueyras was fine but did not show too well.  The 2003 Ch. Belle-Vue, Haut-Medoc was tasty to drink outdoors and did not require much thought.  The 2007 Von Hovel, Oberemmeler Hutte, Spatlese, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer was apparently popular as it was finished shortly after it was opened.  There were many other wines opened but I was too busy to give them a try.

The Downstairs table featured an array of beers and ciders.

Apparently the wines were more tempting than the beer as every bottle save one were drunk. Even the Downstairs Parlor Maids tucked into the wine.

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